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Village Board Discusses Public Art Projects with the SCA

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By Jennifer Weber

The Village of Springville Board met on Monday, July 9 and opened with an hour-long presentation and discussion with representatives from the Springville Center for the Arts (SCA) during the public comment period of the meeting. Tracy Maybray, Director of Operations, and Francesca Rosati, Visual Arts Intern, provided the board with a list of potential public art projects with the goal of integrating art into the community. Many of these projects will be coordinated with the Visual Arts Summer Kids Workshops which are open to students in grades 5 to 12. Possible locations include Heritage Park, the Public Safety Building Concrete Blocks, the Water Park, Fiddler’s Green Park and the head of the Rail Trail.

The SCA will also be working with volunteers from the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County for the Day of Caring on Aug. 15 on two public art projects, an installation mural on an alley wall in Springville, along with stencils on sidewalks on Franklin and Factory Street. The Village Board will work together with the SCA in the weeks ahead to approve and review specific project designs.

Superintendent Kenneth Kostowniak presented several items which the Village Board voted to approve including: a shared services agreement with the Springville-Griffith Institute regarding the configuration of the electrical service of the stadium lights, permission to re-advertise the diesel exhaust removal agreement due to no bids being received, accepting the bid from Emerling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to purchase the #52 Chevy Water and Sewer truck, contract to Sahlem’s Roofing & Siding in West Seneca to replace the asphalt roof at 51 Nason Blvd for the amount of $36,500, and the authorization to reapply for the NYDEC Reforestation Grant.

Village Administrator Liz Melock presented the Police Report with the request from Officer in Charge Nick Budney’s request to add an additional part-time officer to be voted on by the board at the August meeting.

Paul Weiss, the Village attorney, gave the board an update on the property at 37 South Central Avenue owned by Stephen Weber. There is currently a temporary restraining order in place against the Village which will be reviewed at a preliminary injunction hearing set for later this week. The Village is contesting the injunction.

In other news, the board amended and approved the schedule of pickup of garden debris (including weeds, brush and limbs) to include the 2nd and 4th week of the month.

Mayor Bill Krebs and the Board issued a proclamation that July 28 will be Fiddler Green Day in Springville, in honor of the Fiddlers Green Country and Bluegrass Festival, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Additional upcoming community events include:

SCENE Garden Walk, Saturday, July 14

SGI All Class Reunion, Saturday, July 21

Springville Volunteer Fire Department Second Annual Car Show & Music Festival, Sunday, July 22

The next Village Board meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

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